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October 2015 Contents

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FEATURES

Transportation - Ride Services

Fare Game

Fare Game

The disruptive technology of ride services Lyft and Uber is meeting the immoveable force of vehicle-for-hire regulations in cities throughout Florida...

Oil Men

Amalie sells plenty of motor oil. The challenge for the Barkett family is changing how the company sells it.

Trendlines

Up Front - Publisher's Column
Making a case for Enterprise Florida

Enterprise Florida, the state’s public-private partnership to attract business, says its incentive toolkit is running out of money — it has just $9 million, an amount that’s supposed to last through the middle of 2016...

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Robert M. “Bob” Beall II

“My dad’s insistence that I work in the store while I was still in school was helpful to me in the long run. I remember ... when I became the window washer for the old downtown Bradenton store. Later, when we opened another store, I was kind of promoted to janitor. I’m not sure which was the better job, but I learned from both.”

Florida Originals
A famous juggler’s concrete plans

By the time Anthony Commarota was 8, he had become one of the best jugglers in the world. Although he made a good living juggling, he hid a big secret: He didn’t like juggling for a living...

Home Grown

Dining
Home-grown menus

More Florida hotel restaurants feature their own produce.

Tallahassee Trend
Broken tax breaks

Years ago, the Florida Legislature created tax breaks to spur growth in aviation, banking and insurance. Critics say time has rendered those breaks unfair or unequal.

OF COUNSEL
Hard questions

Ramón A. Abadin — the Florida Bar's new president — insists he's not being combative, just realistic.

Editor's Page
A taxing topic

How meaningful are terms like "low-tax" and "regressive" in discussing how Florida taxes itself?

The Money Issue

Investment Options

Dueling standards for investment advice

A proposed federal rule governing investment advice is roiling the financial world.

A long view on venture capital

A recent arrival to Florida’s venture capital sector says the state is only beginning to capitalize on the research and ideas coming out of its public and private institutions.

Investing in Florida companies

Private investments in Florida companies totaled $6.1 billion from July 2010 – July 2015.

Early-stage investing

Tamiami Angels’ Tim Cartwright talks about what makes a successful investment.

Tax Considerations

Business owners and individual taxpayers can benefit from an extension of some tax breaks.

Around the State

Statewide
Jeff Greene on the real estate bubble

Investor Jeff Greene wishes the current real estate surge were being fueled by a strong middle-class recovery.

Miami
Making headway in diversifying Miami’s economy

One Community One Goal was designed to identify industries to recruit and diversify the county’s economy.

Southeast
Dig it: Port Everglades gets the OK to dredge

19 years after Congress authorized a study looking at Port Everglades improvements, the project can move forward.

Southwest
Third time’s a charm?

A downtown Fort Meyers eyesore gets a makeover.

Central
Rebuilding I-4

21 miles of highway will be overhauled over nearly seven years.

Northeast
Hands on: Jacksonville’s Mayor Lenny Curry gets to work

The rookie Republican mayor is diving into a nest of major issues facing Jacksonville.

Northwest
Baby steps: Santa Rosa County targets specialized aerospace employers

Santa Rosa County's quest to become a regional player in the aerospace industry involves a simple strategy: Start small, and go after quality.

International
Lesson plans: Miami entrepreneur finds success in Latin America

After an initial launch in Venezuela, Miami’s Andres Moreno introduced Open English to the rest of Latin America.

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